Budding Cotswold writer is shortlisted in top poetry competition

Budding Cotswold writer is shortlisted in top poetry competition

Budding Cotswold writer is shortlisted in top poetry competition

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A BUDDING Cotswolds writer has been chosen out of 6,000 entries as a finalist in a country-wide poetry competition.

Amelia Nashe, 22, from Chedworth has been shortlisted in the first Waitrose Year of Poetry competition.

Judged by renowned poet Roger McGough, the competition received more than 6,000 entries from all over the country.

Exeter University graduate Amelia was picked with 23 others as a finalist, with her poem 'Her Royal Highness of Fruit', which is being displayed with Roger's poems in her local Cirencester Waitrose store.

Amelia, who studied English with drama at university was inspired by the competition.

"I’d definitely like to do something with writing," she said. "I’m hoping to train first as a proof-reader and get into journalism or writing screenplays for TV. I do love creative writing."

Poet Roger McGough said that poetry had always been popular yet people are rarely given the opportunity to express it.

"Thanks must go to Waitrose for flying the verse flag," he said.

Waitrose launched The Year of Poetry Campaign in a bid to inspire people of all ages to get involved with poetry by encouraging them to try writing a poem for themselves.

The 24 shortlisted entries are currently being whittled down for Waitrose by Roger to decide on the top three poems. The final winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, on October 2.

See below for Amelia's full poem.

‘Her Royal Highness of Fruit’

“I’ll have you know I’m the Queen

Of British summertime

I play for the All England Club

I’m told I’m quite sublime

Best wrapped in Royal Robes

Of double cream bliss

With trim of sugar jewels.

Come here for your Royal Kiss!”

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3:38pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Alvin Sepert says...

Oh what a total travesty
She's nothing like as good as me.
Cotswolds king of poetry
after Pam Ayres, that is you see.

But when I shop to Lidl I goes
I can't afford to shop in Waitrose
So I miss out on my chance to shine
And miss the prize that should be mine.

The Wilts and Glos should have a contest
To decide what poem is best
From all of them what gets sent in
(most of which go straight in the bin)

But seriously
Very well done Amelia
Alvin Sepert.
Oh what a total travesty She's nothing like as good as me. Cotswolds king of poetry after Pam Ayres, that is you see. But when I shop to Lidl I goes I can't afford to shop in Waitrose So I miss out on my chance to shine And miss the prize that should be mine. The Wilts and Glos should have a contest To decide what poem is best From all of them what gets sent in (most of which go straight in the bin) But seriously Very well done Amelia Alvin Sepert. Alvin Sepert
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